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With guidance from our Governor, state public health officials and the CDC, many live PACO events will be offered online, postponed or cancelled.  These decisions have been made due to increasing concerns about COVID19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of PACO members, sustaining members, sponsors and guests at PACO events.

PACO - SHOUT OUT & Congratulations to Sustaining Member - Boerger Investigative Services, LLC

PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT and congratulate one of our sustaining members,  Boerger Investigative Services, LLC on the appointment to the Ohio Private Investigation Security Services Commission (OPISSC) on November 25, 2020 by Governor Mike DeWine. 

PACO - Columbus State Paralegal Students Seeking Internships

Calling all PACO members: Columbus State Paralegal Students are seeking internships as part of a requirement in their educational program.  Please circulate this information to your employers for the possibility to have an intern on the job whether working remote or in the office!  

Requirements to consider:

*You would review their resume and conduct an interview just like you were hiring any other employee

*The required internship hours are 120 hours over the course of the semester

*Determine a mutually agreed weekly schedule between employer and student 

*Time periods of internship availability in Spring and Fall (15 weeks, approx. Sept-Dec, Feb-May) and Summer (10 weeks, June-Aug)

*Internships can be paid or unpaid

*Must be mostly paralegal level work such as research, preparing documents, client communications; this does include observing intake, meetings, court appearances

*Internship Supervisor will be asked to complete a brief one-page Internship Evaluation at the end of the internship

For more information about Columbus State Community College 's Paralegal Internship Program or to post an internship opportunity, contact Program Director Tom Shanahan (tshanaha@cscc.edu) .

PACO - Franklin County Clerks Office - Modified Hours of Operation

In response to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branches Fourth Amended Administrative Order, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division Seventh Administrative Order, Court of Appeals of Ohio Tenth Appellate District Journal Entry, and the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the State of Ohio; the Franklin County Clerk of Courts Legal Divisions (Appeals, Domestic Relations, General, Juvenile and Juvenile Traffic) and OFS office will operate under modified hours.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Said hours will continue until further notice.  Staff will continue to work Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

PACO - Ohio Justice Foundation - Pro Bono Opportunity!

The Foundation is embarking on a new pro bono pilot project with the Ohio Public Defender that will greatly benefit from paralegal volunteers. They are seeking volunteers to start around the first quarter of 2021 to work on jail time credit requests. The requests that are given to the program will need to be:

  • reviewed and the proper documentation will need to be requested from the proper courts
  • if the documents show that the requester has already completed all the jail time required by their sentencing, a motion will be drafted and submitted to the court

Paralegal volunteers would be able to work in all aspects of the process and  there will be attorneys to review anything that would be submitted.

If you are interested in this pro bono opportunity, please contact Sophia Chang, Pro Bono Director, Ohio Justice Foundation at:  schang@ohiojusticefoundation.org

PACO - December 15, 2020 General Membership Meeting - Register today!

PACO Program's Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held monthly via Zoom during COVID-19, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m. We are excited to welcome Pam Hutchins, Founder and President of the ACEDS Ohio Chapter and Senior eDiscovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and Julie Carmona, E-Discovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Time: 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Place: Zoom Meeting (link to be provided)

Registration: Wild Apricot (calendar, select the date to register)

NFPA CLE Credit:  General Credit - .75 hours 

*Drawing:  There will also be a drawing at the end of the General Membership meeting by one of our sustaining members, Boerger Investigative Services, Inc. of a holiday basket!  Be sure to join in for the drawing!

Topic: Electronic Discovery Management and ACEDS - PACO is excited to have Pam Hutchins and Julie Carmona back to continue their presentation from February 2020, to speak with us about the field of electronic discovery and ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist).

Speakers: Pam Hutchins and Julie Carmona

Pam is the Founder and President of the ACEDS Ohio Chapter. Pam is a Senior eDiscovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. She has worked in the legal industry for more than 20 years and has worked in the eDiscovery area for more than 10 years. Pam has extensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, management and processing of ESI as they relate to legal matters, including the use of various ESI management and review tools and applications such as Viewpoint, LAW PreDiscovery, Summation, Logikcull, Relativity, Clearwell, Ringtail, Catalyst, Opus2, TextMap, Sanction, CaseMap, X1 Social Discovery, Pin Point Labs Harvester and Blacklight – BlackBag Technologies. She provides in-house consulting and support with respect to electronic discovery including identification, preservation, collection, processing, analysis, review and production. She earned her paralegal degree from Columbus State Community College. She received her CEDS certification from the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) in 2012 and is also a certified Viewpoint Processing, Review & Analytics Admin.

Julie is an E-Discovery Project Manager in the Vorys Columbus office. Julie has a paralegal degree and has worked in the legal industry for more than 25 years. Julie has extensive trial experience and has managed large scale document reviews and productions involving e-discovery. Julie has a great deal of experience in various ESI applications including Viewpoint and Relativity. She is also a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS), certified in ViewPoint, LAW 5.0, Summation and Lean Six Sigma. Julie received her B.A. and her paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School's Paralegal Program.

OSBA - Paralegals Committee 2021 Winter Meeting - Register today!

If you are interested in attending the Ohio State Bar Association's Paralegals Committee 2021 Winter Meeting on January 23, 2021 starting at 10:00 a.m. (via Zoom only), click on the following link for more information and to register:


CBA Corner 

For more information, click here:  


Columbus Bar Lawyer's Quarterly -  Fall 2020 Edition

Catch up on The Impact of the Pandemic and more!   https://issuu.com/columbusbarlawyersquarterly/docs/cblqfall2020?fbclid=IwAR1JNWH7cx-wGdvXNz39H9ty_uO01UdRs-xjhwwC2CTGzPifvc0h_UfzT34

PACO - Paralegal Day 2021 - Save the Date!

For more information, watch PACO's PR Committee's commercial:  https://youtu.be/8mt_o04996U

PACO - Welcome New Sustaining Member - Boerger Investigative Services, LLC!

PACO would like to welcome our new sustaining member Boerger Investigative Services, LLC, Licensed Private Investigator.  To learn more about Boerger Investigative Services, LLC visit:   https://www.boergerpi.com/

PACO - Welcome New Sustaining Member - Tom Sussi Investigations!

PACO would like to welcome our new sustaining member, Tom Sussi Investigations, Licensed Private Investigator.  To learn more about Tom Sussi Investigations, visit:  https://www.tomsussiinvestigations.com/


Anderson Reporting Services, Inc. -  PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Anderson Reporting Services, Inc. for partnering with PACO to bring our General Membership meetings to the membership via Zoom.  During these unprecedented times with COVID-19 Anderson Reporting has provided our organization with the ability to keep moving forward and we truly appreciate all that you do for PACO!  For more information about Anderson Reporting, click here: https://andersonreporting.com/

Poling Law - PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Poling Law who has been a wonderful supporter of PACO over the years and sponsor of many events! For more information about Poling Law, click here: http://poling-law.com/

Robert Half Legal -  PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Robert Half Legal who has been a wonderful supporter of PACO over the years and sponsor of many events! For more information about Robert Half Legal, click here: https://www.roberthalf.com/employers/legal

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus - PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus for their partnership over the past decade with the PACO/LASC Pro Bono Wills Clinics.  At these clinics, attorneys talk with the clients and paralegals work alongside the attorneys to prepare the documents which is a great pro bono collaboration for attorney-paralegal teams.  Because of Legal Aid’s partnership, its malpractice insurance is extended to attorneys who volunteer, which is a crucial component that PACO cannot offer alone.   For more information about The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, click here:  https://www.columbuslegalaid.org/

Heritage Bridge Genealogy - PACO would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Heritage Bridge Genealogy, our newest sustaining member. We appreciate your support and look forward to an enduring relationship! For more information about Heritage Bridge Genealogy, click here: https://www.heritagebridge.com/

By becoming a Sustaining Member or a Law Firm Sustaining Member your support promotes the interests of paralegals, fosters relationships with the legal community, serves the public, advocates the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorses the mission of PACO.

For more information about becoming a Sustaining Member or a Law Firm Sustaining Member with PACO, email Angie Vohsing, Vice President/Membership Coordinator at: vp@pacoparalegals.org

NFPA - Paralegal Education - Enhancing Your Skills

NFPA CLE encompasses programs designed for legal professionals, covering topics in substantive areas of law; technology programs used specifically by legal practitioners, such as legal research programs; education on programs designed to assist legal professionals, such as document manage;, as well as the basics such as research, court rules and updates, recent legal decisions, writing skills and ethics. Nearly every continuing education program designed for an attorney can be taken by a paralegal, with the possible exception of topics limited to licensed attorneys, such as “How to Cross Examine a Hostile Witness”, although such topics are often of interest to senior paralegals who assist at trial.

The law is an ever evolving being – it is not just what is written in a book, but what is decided by the highest courts today and tomorrow. What was good law one day, may not be so tomorrow. So too is the ever evolving world of technology as it effects the practice of law. Thus, to keep abreast of what is new, paralegals need to take CLE. It makes you a better paralegal and a more valuable asset to your firm or legal department. For more information, click here https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3290

Franklin County Law Library - Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases locally, the Franklin County Law Library is again closed to the public at least until January 4, 2021. Please monitor their website and Facebook page for all the latest information.   They are still able to provide many of their resources to you during this time.  Below is a list of resources you can still access along with Podcast information.

Podcast Roundup - Minnie Ozbeytemur

We’re going geek!

The Legal Geeks Podcast - http://thelegalgeeks.com/the-legal-geek-podcasts/ - Two lawyers discuss everything SciFi. Episodes include "Lawyers on The Mandalorian" and "Blues Brothers Legal Analysis."

Rogue Squadron Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rogue-squadron-podcast/id908555854 - Columbus-based podcast with two buddies discussing all things Star Wars.

The Legal Eagle YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/LegalEagle - The channel discusses many legal issues included in pop culture. He covers everything from TV shows like Suits, How to Get Away with Murder and Game of Thrones to movies like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

Remote Resources Available - While the law library is closed, patrons can continue to use their resources remotely.

  • Franklin County Law Library Homepage - provides you links to many important resources. Visit this page often for updates on when we will reopen to the public.  Link:  https://lawlibrary.franklincountyohio.gov/
  • Fastcase - is also allowing remote access. They are another online database similar to Westlaw and Lexis. You will need to enter the username FranklinCounty and password fastcase.  Link:  https://gateway.fastcase.com/login
  • Law Library Informational Email Line - our staff is working remotely to answer all your reference questions.  Email Address: FCLL-Info@franklincountyohio.gov
  • eBooks - you will need only your library card number.  Link: https://lexisdl.com/welcome/
  • Legal Research Guides - many topical guides with links to forms, statutes, and pertinent agencies.  Link:  https://fclawlib.libguides.com/?b=g&d=a
  • Forms - our collection of forms for the various courts.  Link:  https://fclawlib.libguides.com/c.php?g=211776
  • Links - to various federal, state, and local governmental agencies.  Link:  https://lawlibrary.franklincountyohio.gov/Links

we miss everyone

We miss you!

As we move into the holiday season, we continue to take our responsibility seriously when it comes to the health and safety of the people we serve; even though it means we must forgo including the community in our holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, we will continue the suspension of in-person volunteer opportunities at this time. Please know that, once it is determined to do so, you will be the first to be notified. We miss seeing you serve and volunteer your time to support YWCA Columbus and our mission to eliminate racism and empower women through providing peace, justice, dignity, and freedom to all.

In the meantime, we still need your help! There are still many ways to support YWCA Columbus:

host a meal

There are two options to host a meal for our family center residents: provide and drop off a meal (see open dates below) or financially sponsor a meal.

Monday, November 23
Thursday, November 26
Saturday, November 28
Sunday, November 29
Sign up >

Wednesday, December 2
Sunday, December 20
Tuesday, December 22
December 26-31
Sign up >

2021 dates
We are also scheduling for meal host dates in 2021, so please reach out to Naomi to sign up for an open date.
Sign up >

provide material support

family center needs

Family Center

  • Large, Adult-Size Blankets (new)
  • Paper Plates & Bowls
  • Plastic Utensils & Cups
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sippy Cups & Bottles
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Holiday Activity Kits

women's residency needs

Women’s Residency

  • Large, Adult-Size Blankets (new)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Coats (All Sizes, M/F)
  • Thick Socks
  • Holiday Activity Kits

Shop our Amazon Wish Lists for a contact-less and direct delivery >

Contact Naomi Merino,
nmerino@ywcacolumbus.org with questions.


Additional Ways to Give

gift card fund

Give to our Gift Card Fund

Similar to years past, we will be hosting a gift card drive to support YWCA Columbus and the people we serve; However, this year we will be offering a Contact-Free & COVID-Safe gift card fund option. Please consider making a monetary donation to support the gift card fund.

    Give now    

virtual holiday activity

Create a Virtual Holiday Activity

Share a holiday tradition with YWCA Columbus residents. Pre-record a class or activity, such as creating a Holiday Caroling sing-a-long, leading a cookie decorating activity, or teaching how to decorate ornaments. Please donate all necessary supplies to supplement your activity.

adopt a resident

Participate in Adopt A Resident

Help spread the holiday cheer by adopting a resident in our Women's Residency Program. Keep an eye out for sign-ups in early November.

    Learn more about our residents    

Renew Your Commitment to PACO

Renew your commitment to PACO! Reconnect by collaborating with other professionals and giving back to the Central Ohio community through working with paralegal students, mentoring paralegal students or junior paralegals, working with the Pro Bono Committee to serve senior citizens through the Wills Clinics, participate at a Roundtable discussion, or working on any of PACO's committees to better the organization! Reach out to any of our Committee Chairs to find out more information and opportunities to get involved with PACO. 

Questions about PACO? : info@pacoparalegals.org

Mailing Address :
P.O. Box 1582
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1582

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